FWS Careers – Wildlife Biologist
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FWS Careers – Wildlife Biologist

August 26, 2019

My name is Robyn Bortner. I am a fish and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and I’m in charge of managing
the captive breeding population of black-footed ferrets and we are currently in front of the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center. A typical day at the ferret center depends on the time of year. If its breeding season and we have
kits on the ground then we’re very busy. We have young ferrets to look after, we’re
pairing animals we’re doing supplemental feedings for kits and so
there’s a lot of hands-on husbandry work with animals. Sometimes you have to wake them up a little bit. All our ferrets here at the center, before they’re released, are vaccinated for
three main things: canine distemper, plague, Sylvatic plague in an animal, and
rabies. Before we release an animal, they’ll get all three of those vaccinations
because they are very susceptible to all three of those diseases in the wild. It’s a really unique job inside the
Service and I’m really lucky to have it. Working with the young kits, watching
them grow and seeing them all the way through to being released out on the Prairie
is amazingly rewarding work and it’s just a really cool job to have.

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